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'Narco Cultura' Film By Shaul Schwarz Exposes Drug Culture, Narcocorridos In Mexico

'Narco Cultura' Film By Shaul Schwarz Exposes Drug Culture, Narcocorridos In Mexico

David Iaconangelo

Nov 12, 2013

Latin Times

For much of "Narco Cultura", photojournalist Shaul Schwartz's distressing new documentary about narcocorrido music and cartel violence in Mexico's northern states, Edgar Quintero looks like he's having a blast. The Los Angeles-based singer gulps down Modelos and marijuana smoke; poses with pistols and bazookas; leads leopard-print-clad blondes to his group's hotel room; and when it comes time to perform his songs -- rollicking, brassy, cheerfully depraved odes to the drug-trafficking life and sometimes to specific, real-life cartel members - he swoops onto stages wearing a coat embroidered with the name of his band, the BuKnas ("boo-kah-nahs"), and belts them out. Fans in places as far away as North Carolina, mostly young people either from Mexico or of Mexican descent, belt them right back at him...

See the 2:21 minute trailer.

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